Heart Health Awareness in February

February is the month of love and all things related to the heart, including heart health awareness. During the month of February, several days and weeks are designated to highlight different aspects of heart health. These observances not only promote healthy habits and the importance of routine screenings, but also highlight the need for ongoing research into these aspects of heart health. 

There are many easy ways to participate this month and bring more awareness to heart health, including wearing red, posting to social media with specific hashtags, and sharing heart health resources with others. 

Wear Red Day - February 5, 2021

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, and Wear Red Day aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. All aspects of our communities get involved in this day, from lighting landmarks with red lights, to news anchors wearing red, to online and local communities highlighting Wear Red Day. Get dressed in your red clothes and post a picture of yourself with #WearRedDay.

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week - February 7-14, 2021

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, but many people remain unaware of what they are or the need for research into CHDs. During Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, campaigns focus on creating awareness and education using many different avenues including social media posts (#CDHAware), media appearances at the local and national levels, awareness clothing, school activities and speaking engagements, and involvement in many other community activities. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week - February 14-20, 2021

Recovery after a cardiac event can be heavily influenced by rehabilitation. When patients take action and implement lifestyle changes, it can help protect against future damage and reduce the effect of previous damage. The week after Valentine’s Day is recognized as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week to bring awareness to the importance of rehabilitation and living a heart healthy lifestyle. At OHH, our rehabilitation program is one of the best in the nation. If you are in the Oklahoma City area and have experienced a cardiac event or live with heart disease, make an appointment today to take advantage of all the resources available.

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day - February 22, 2021

Awareness of heart valve disease symptoms and risk is the biggest goal of this awareness day. Many adults are living with risk factors and even symptoms of heart valve disease, yet most remain largely unaware of heart valve diseases or the risk they carry. This day seeks to save lives through education and awareness of personal risk. The official hashtags for this day include #ValveDiseaseDay and #ListenToYourHeart. 

Please join us in spreading awareness about these important days this month!